Being Autistic and a Teenager

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“Are you a teenager like me? Do you learn better through reading rather than by adults giving you advice? Are you autistic like me as well? Obviously, being autistic in a predominantly non-autistic society is a challenge; but you can just be yourself! Embrace your differences, manage your challenges and don’t deny yourself the opportunity to do what you love. Above all, don’t deprive the world of you!”Sam

For young autistic teenagers and people who support them, this book is halfway between a guide and a teen blog that gives a voice to Sam, a fictitious autistic teenager whose thoughts and concerns reflect the real-life situations experienced by autistic people going through adolescence.

Through Sam’s words and experiences, the reader will realize that others share their differences and they will be inclined to try some of Sam’s practical tips and strategies to help them meet the challenges of daily life as an autistic teenager.

Some of the topics covered:

» Being autistic: the autism spectrum, my brain, neurodiversity

» My body: self-stimulatory behaviors, internal sensations, emotions, anxiety

» My daily life: sleep, hygiene, food and autonomy

» Communication: verbal, nonverbal and written

» Social life: friends, bullying, relationships, sexuality

» Education, leisure and work activities, career objectives

...and much more

About the author.  Josiane Caron Santha, Occupational Therapist

B.Sc. Microbiology and Immunology (McGill University 1995), B.Sc. Occupational Therapy (McGill University 1998), M.Sc. Occupational Therapy (Dalhousie University 2004).

(2022) Certified OTR NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (United States), (2022) Certified Pediatrics NBCOT (United States). Member of the Ordre des Ergothérapeutes du Québec: 98-157 (Canada) (Quebec professional order of occupational therapists.) Member of the Réseau National D’Expertise en Trouble du Spectre de L’Autisme (National Network of Expertise on Autism Spectrum Disorder (RNETSA) (Quebec, Canada).

Author, recognized speaker and international occupational therapy training instructor since 2000 with more than 20 years of experience in public health, private clinic, school and home environments.

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